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A Summer In Europe by Marilyn Brant

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By Marilyn Brant

On her 30th birthday, Gwendolyn Reese gets an unforeseen current from her widowed Aunt Bea: a grand journey of Europe within the corporation of Bea's Sudoku and Mah-jongg membership. the possibility is not fullyyt attractive. but if the reward she is looking ahead to -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen makes a decision to move. at the start, Gwen ways the journey as though it is the math homework she assigns her scholars, diligently checking monuments off her must-see record. yet amid the bougainvillea and attractive vistas of southern Italy, anything alterations. Gwen starts to reside within the moment: skipping down stone staircases in Capri, working her palms over a glacier in view of the Matterhorn, racing in the course of the Louvre, and taste-testing pastries at a Marseilles cafe. Revelling in each new event -- particularly her charm to a charismatic British physics professor -- Gwen discovers that the traditional wonders round her are not anything in comparison to the renaissance unfolding within..."Brant's newest...distinguishes itself with a charismatic top guy and extremely humorous aiding forged, specifically the fantastic aged characters with their resonant message approximately residing lifestyles to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's captivating and fascinating story will permit readers to immerse themselves within the magic and sweetness of Europe besides the characters. even though the descriptions of the surroundings are notable, the improvement of the characters and their distinct personalities are what relatively make this novel shine. What an stress-free escape!" ~ Romantic Times**A summer season IN EUROPE is a Literary Guild and a Rhapsody ebook membership Featured trade choice for December 2011**

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He grinned at her. “Hang out” was his code phrase for making love. An activity that had been very pleasant between them. And always very uncomplicated. She nodded mutely. Then, only when she was positive she could speak without her voice quivering, she said, “Yes, and, well, thanks so much for lunch, Richard. And for the earrings. Both were very ... ” She turned to unlock her car door, but he put his hand on her shoulder. “Um, Gwen—” He cleared his throat. “I, uh, want you to know that I’ve been looking at other things, too.

The Youngs ignored her rant and waved Gwen deeper inside the den. “Your auntie is in the kitchen,” Connie Sue said helpfully. ” “Sure,” Gwen said. ” He shot Zenia a devilish look. ” Zenia crossed her arms, sat herself back down and glared at Alex. ” He examined his rack of tiles and the current year’s mah-jongg card that listed every possible winning combination. “Nope,” he said with a smirk. ” Connie Sue and Alex laughed, and even Davis broke into a grin. Gwen slid away from the foursome and escaped into the kitchen.

Delicious,” Gwen said, not untruthfully, although, like everything her aunt made, there was more butter and sugar in the batter than absolutely necessary. ” “Give her the card,” Hester said, elbowing Aunt Bea. Bea looked around. ” Dr. Louie pulled it out of his back pocket and waved it in the air. ” followed. He handed the peach-colored envelope to Gwen and she pulled out the card within. The scripty lettering on the front read “Hippo Birdie Two Ewes” and featured a gray hippopotamus, a cardinal and two fluffy white sheep all in a row.

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